Termites

What are termites?

Termites are small insects that feed on wood and paper. In New England, the termite you’re most likely to encounter is the eastern subterranean termite.

What do termites look like?

Termite colonies are made up of two types of termites: worker termites and swarming termites. Worker termites are small, white, and about ⅛” long. Swarming termites, or “flying termites”  are black, have wings, and are about ½” long. Swarming termites have two sets of wings, all the same length. 

Are termites dangerous?

Termites do not bite or sting humans or animals. Their real danger lies in their ability to destroy the structure and integrity of homes and buildings. Termites are responsible for billions of dollars in damage in the US.

What are the signs of a termite infestation?

Termite damage often looks like brittle, rotted wood. Look for mud tubes along walls. Termites create and use these mud tubes like highway systems to travel up surfaces that they can’t chew through. So, you’re apt to see them on foundation walls, cellar walls. One clear sign of termite trouble is seeing a swarm of winged termites, or their discarded wings. If you’re having a hard time determining if you have termites, the best bet is to call Debug. We’ll know pretty quickly, and then we can start creating a plan.

How do I get rid of termites?

This isn’t a job for DIYers. The risks to your home and health are not worth trying to take a shortcut with off the shelf remedies from your local box store. Call Debug. We’ll come out and go over your options with you. We’ll get rid of the termites living in your home and make sure they never come back.
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